EA to Acquire Titanfall Developer Respawn Entertainment

EA to Acquire Titanfall Developer Respawn Entertainment - News

by William D'Angelo, posted on 09 November 2017 / 1,596 Views

Electronic Arts announced it will acquire Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment.

EA will play $151 million in cash and up to $164 million in "long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, which will vest over four years."


"We’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset," said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. "Our longtime partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world. Together, we’ve brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more amazing things in the future."

Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, added, "We started Respawn with the goal to create a studio with some of the best talent in the industry, and to be a top developer of innovative games. We felt that now was the time to join an industry leader that brings the resources and support we need for long term success, while still keeping our culture and creative freedom. EA has been a great partner over the years with Titanfall and Titanfall 2, and we’re excited to combine our strengths. This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players."

The Titanfall series has sold over 7.6 million units worldwide at retail, according to VGChartz figures.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments

sidious164 (on 09 November 2017)

R. I. P Respawn


AngryLittleAlchemist (on 09 November 2017)

YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE! YOU WERE MEANT TO DESTROY THE GREEDY MICROTRANSACTIONS NOT JOIN THEM!


Azzanation (on 09 November 2017)

Ill give Respawn 2 years before EA close them down.


Zkuq (on 09 November 2017)

I'll give them one more game - two at most, if the next one is successful.


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StriderKiwi (on 09 November 2017)

And just like that, they've sold their soul to the devil. Couple years down the road, they'll end up axed just like Visceral Games.


IkePoR (on 09 November 2017)

"This match will get red hot. You're up!"


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Salnax (on 09 November 2017)

Say "Hi" to Visceral for me! And Bullfrog, Westwood, Mythic, Pandemic, Origin, Black Box, etcc!


Barozi (on 10 November 2017)

Does it matter though? It's not like they lose the right to develop games when they're getting closed. Either they improve other studios who hire them or they're forming new studios. No Respawn without Activion's control over Infinity Ward. No Obsidian without Black Isle Studios to name some examples.


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axumblade (on 09 November 2017)

Shocker


LivingMetal (on 09 November 2017)

Sadness. Down with EA.


IkePoR (on 09 November 2017)

Don't Deal With the Devil!


Rab (on 09 November 2017)

They have been assimilated, "We are EA. ... We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own"


roadkillers (on 09 November 2017)

These guys did an amazing job with the Source Engine, curious what they can do with Frostbite.


teamsilent13 (on 10 November 2017)

Vince Zampella is getting old. Maybe he just wants to get as much money while he can and get out of the industry and retire soon.


JON0 (on 09 November 2017)

With the Xbox division recently stating that they'll be buying more studios for first party games, i bet they would've liked to have buy Respawn Entertainment. If that was the case, it's a real shame EA beat them to it.


Nuvendil (on 09 November 2017)

And another dev is lured into the unmarked van of the developer serial killer of the games industry. All that's left to see is how many actually good games EA lets them make before slipping on their hockey mask, grabbing their hatchet, and slitting Respawn's throat.


TallSilhouette (on 09 November 2017)

When will these studios learn? Unless you wanna cash out and start over again...


teamsilent13 (on 10 November 2017)

Vince Zampella is getting old. Maybe he just wants to get as much money while he can and get out of the industry and retire soon.


SnakeDrake (on 10 November 2017)

Kind of made sense now why they released Titan Fall 2 to die by releasing in-between bf1 and cod. How and they'll probably make them do another star wars game -_-


teamsilent13 (on 10 November 2017)

Vince Zampella is getting old. Maybe he just wants to get as much money while he can and get out of the industry and retire soon.